Gus Malzahn Facing Uphill Battle at Auburn

Bo Jackson Says Fans Must Give Malzahn Time to Rebuild.

Auburn's new offensive coordinator, Gus Malzahn talks with reporters during a news conference at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum in Auburn, Ala., Monday, Dec. 29, 2008. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Bo Jackson says new Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is "facing an empty lot" and must build the program from the ground up.

The 1985 Heisman Trophy winner and search committee member doesn't think Malzahn will instantly fix the program's problems and resume winning, so he is preaching patience.

Malzahn was hired Tuesday and given a five-year, $11.5 million contract to lift the Tigers from the bottom of the Southeastern Conference.

He says he must tackle talent deficiencies and the players' mind-sets immediately.

Malzahn's known for his no-huddle offense that has racked up yards at each of his college stops, including last season as Arkansas State's head coach.

Search committee member Mac Crawford says discipline was one of the first topics discussed at Malzahn's interview after Auburn's series of off-the-field problems.


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